Zuma speaks out on border security

By Drum Digital
27 April 2015

"We can't leave our borders open hoping that the angels will watch over the borders.."- Zuma

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Monday thanked South Africans for taking a stand against xenophobia, after xenophobic violence has claimed several lives over the last few weeks.

At the same time, he acknowledged concerns by South Africans about those foreigners who are in the country illegally.

Hinting at tighter control, Zuma said, "We can't leave our borders open hoping that the angels will watch over the borders... We are preparing a formal report for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) on the matter. Some of the issues raised by foreign nationals need to be discussed."

Speaking at a Freedom Day event at the Union Buildings, Zuma said those citizens who had provided information to the police deserved thanks, and also those who had marched against xenophobia.

"We are therefore called upon to find a solution to the problem of migration...imbizos have been held with community members," he said, adding that an inter-ministerial committee had been put in place to fight xenophobia.

He extended condolences to the families of those killed in the xenophobic violence in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal over the last few weeks, naming the three South Africans who also lost their lives.

Source: News24/Newswire

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